The Air and Fuel Department of Jasper Engines & Transmissions have moved to a new location within the Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility.
Sales of air and fuel components have steadily increased, and JASPER believes it could be one of the company’s top departments in the next five to ten years. In preparation for this overall Diesel Division growth, JASPER recently completed a 12,000 square foot expansion project at the Wernsing Road facility.
The Air and Fuel Department includes the remanufacturing of fuel injection pumps and high-pressure oil pumps. Turbocharger remanufacturing was formerly located within Jasper West, a building ¼ mile west of the Wernsing Road location.
The completed expansion project allows the Air and Fuel division to be located in one location and take advantage of shared resources and shared labor support.
“The transition has been very smooth to this point,” said Ryan Dooley, Jasper Diesel division manager. “The turbo side took about one week to move their machinery and tools from Jasper West to the new location. They are currently remanufacturing 24 turbos a day.”
Over the past three years, turbocharger remanufacturing has doubled in size each of those three years, according to Jasper. Dooley said the new expansion has room for continual growth, with additional turbochargers already undergoing research and development.
“When we look to the future, 75% of all vehicles in Europe currently have a turbo in them, gas or diesel,” he said. “By 2026, it’s projected that 75% of all vehicles in the United States will have a turbo. Automotive manufacturers are moving to gas-powered turbos, not only to generate power but for efficiency needs as well.”
Dooley projects that JASPER will produce its first remanufactured gas-powered turbo by the second quarter of 2017.
In addition, Dooley said the original fuel room was streamlined by breaking down the remanufacturing processes into smaller chunks of work, from disassembly and cleanup to assembly and calibration. “These improvements have reduced the size of the fuel room to two rooms from four, and will increase the quality of the work,” he said.